Meet Remake Design Challenge FASHION finalist, Leanda du Bruyn who is currently in her 2nd year at CPUT. Find out what inspired this young designer and avid runner’s “Texture Journey” collection.
If your collection had a theme song, what would it be?
Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau – Changes.
One thing we need to know about you as a designer?
I like to design clothing that makes people feel good about themselves.
I can’t start my day without…
A cup of coffee while reading my daily devotion.
You are currently obsessed with?
Name one designer you would most like to meet?
If you could dress any celeb for a red carpet event, who would it be?
My own style is…
I would consider my style quite simplistic, but I like eye catching detail.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To do everything to the best of my ability.
Tell us a little more about your ’TRANSPARENCY’ collection. What inspired you?
I firstly, really looked at the Ford EcoSport and searched for something to use from the car. The fact that there are so, many different textures combined in the car inspired me to also create a variety of textures in my designs. I gained most of my inspiration from the Ford EcoSport and especially used the tire track pattern in my designs. The spare wheel at the back of the car made me think of the pattern of cotton crochet and therefore I also incorporated it a lot, which linked to the transparency theme.
What challenges have you experienced by adhering to the competition principles of using sustainable design techniques?
It challenged me to overthink every design and detail to insure that I can create the design I imagined, but still be sustainable and eco-friendly.
What’s on your horizon?
After I finish my studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, I would like to gain more experience with sport material and clothing. I do not mind starting with the basics and then working my way up the ranks. I would like to get connected with schools especially high schools and start supplying them.
What excites you?
When I have worked on something, to be able to see the finished product and be satisfied.
How do your friends describe you?
“Friendly, helpful and goal driven. Loves being active, Give her takkies and she will run.”
What is your most treasured piece in your wardrobe?
My running shoes.
Top tip when it comes to sustainable design?
To create something that doesn’t harm the environment but at the same time be unique, economical and fashionable.